Puppetry Intensive Weekend Course May 2020

Cost: 100

Puppetry Intensive Weekend

Sat 2nd May – An introduction to puppetry for beginners

Sun 3rd May – Building Skills/Intermediate level

A weekend of two intensive workshops to learn the art of bringing objects to life, with puppeteer and puppetry director Tessa Bide. Tessa has been puppeteering for 10 years and has worked all over the world. She has worked and trained with various companies inc. The Little Angel, Blind Summit (Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012) and Mervyn Millar – Puppetry Director of War Horse. Day one will cover the basics of object manipulation, bunraku puppetry and lip syncing. Day two will go further with those skills, including devising with puppets, making simple puppets and large scale puppetry with expert Isabel Lyster from Paper Jungle. For physical performers and actors who wish to build their confidence to audition for puppetry jobs and create work with puppets.

Bristol Old Vic. One day: £65 / Weekend: £100. Limited spaces.

Email [email protected] to book.

Participant feedback from the course: 

“Tessa’s workshop was informative, well-paced and very enjoyable! She encouraged participants to contribute creatively to the proceedings and there was a focus on skill-development which was useful, as I can implement these techniques into my own practises as a theatre-maker.”

“The course is really well designed, has a friendly and supportive atmosphere, helps build confidence.”

“It was a really great introduction to puppeteering. It was clear and fun and I learned a lot.”

“It laid out the basics of puppetry, looking at various types of puppets/ object manipulation, and how to work with people in close proximity. It’s a learning in the foundations of puppetry skills. I’d recommend to anyone wishing to learn as a beginner.”

“Lots of fun and I learned loads! Definitely gained lots of skills that I will now use in the work that I do.”

“Covered so much – a really good insight into the world of puppetry. Was really useful particularly in sharing knowledge and skills related to puppetry auditions.”

“The course introduced participants to the fundamentals of puppetry and laid the foundations for someone like me who intends to explore puppetry and object manipulation in the future through live performance.”

“It was varied BUT focused. It enabled exploration of the different types of puppets and allowed trial and error. It was definitely varied enough for a one day course and covered everything I hoped.”

“It was so varied that there was not a moment where I was not learning new things, non stop entertainment and education.”

“It was very well structured and feedback was constantly delivered”

100% would recommend it to a friend

100% would be interested in attending future courses

To book in, please email [email protected]


Bristol Old Vic



Contact Details

Tessa Bide
[email protected]

Opportunity title: Puppetry Intensive Weekend Course May 2020
Expiry Date: 2020-05-04T00:00:00+01:00